Truck show: Best on show at Alexandra
It’s one of the coolest truck shows of the year, and we’re not talking about the winter weather. Once again, Alexandra offers a warm welcome to the road transport industry. Peter and Di Schlenk report
It was 5am on June 12 and the Victorian town of Alexandra awoke to the sound of trucks making their way through the usually quiet main streets.
An invasion of sorts, however this was the 20th running of the annual Alexandra Truck Rod and Ute Show. And it was going to be a big one.
Held regularly on the Sunday over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, this year’s event was one of the best. The weather was kind as well. While most of Australia copped a drenching, the morning mist around Alexandra lifted to reveal a cool but clear day, the sunshine adding an extra gleam to the polished rigs. The trucks, rods and utes are a welcome annual intrusion for local Alexandra businesses, especially the pubs and clubs.
This year organisers extended the show, which kicked off on the Friday evening with a ‘Stars of Country’ concert featuring Sony recording artist Adam Harvey and his band.
The Victorian Truck Drivers’ Memorial Service, now a regular precursor to the main event, was held on the Saturday, with a gala dinner following that night.
While the truck show was an excuse for owners and drivers to spend a weekend away, as well as showing off their gleam machines, others used the opportunity to advertise their businesses.
Alexandra does not charge an entry fee, however, the town’s businesses, churches and local service clubs benefit from the patronage of the visitors. One of the local groups, the Oasis Community Church, kept the masses well fed.
The truck show is a great event for the community, from the scouts to the churches.